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Lukas Heller
Born21 July 1930
Died2 November 1988 (age 58)
SpouseCaroline Carter
ChildrenBruno Heller
Zoë Heller Emily Heller
ParentHermann Heller
RelativesCordelia Edvardson (half-sister)

Lukas Heller (21 July 1930 – 2 November 1988) was a German-born screenwriter.


Heller was born to a Jewish family[1] in Kiel. His father was political philosopher Hermann Heller.[2] He was known for writing the screen adaptions for several Robert Aldrich films such as What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) and Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964); for the later film he won an Edgar Award with Henry Farrell, who wrote the source text for both films.

Grave of Lukas Heller in Highgate Cemetery

Heller was married to Caroline (née Carter) who was an English Quaker.[3][4] They had four children: British writers Bruno and Zoë Heller, Lucy Heller, and Emily Heller.[1] His half-sister was the Swedish journalist Cordelia Edvardson.

He died on 2 November 1988 and was buried on the eastern side of Highgate Cemetery in London, England.



  1. ^ a b "The Believer". The Guardian. 29 September 2008.
  2. ^ "WEDDINGS; Miranda Cowley And Bruno Heller". The New York Times. 20 June 1993.
  3. ^ Nathan, John (24 June 2009). "Two giants of literature — and one big question". The Jewish Chronicle. London. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  4. ^ Cohen, Patricia (25 February 2009). "Not Much Sympathy for Zoë Heller's Characters, but a Little Understanding". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 March 2020.